Tuesday, May 10, 2016

When tool makers used to be proud of their city of origin

There was a time when hand tool manufacturers acknowledged the city where their tools were made, not just the country:

Athol, Massachusetts: 

L.S. Starrett Company
(1905 and still around, although most of
 its manufacturing today is located in Brazil and China)

Beverly Hills, California:

Bruno Tools (defunct)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:

Bridgeport Hardware Manufacturing Corporation 
(1895-1960, acquired by Crescent-Niagara; defunct)

Brink & Cotton Manufacturing Company 
(acquired by the Warren Tool Group, defunct)

Forsberg Manufacturing Company 
(1921-1960's, defunct)

Brockville, Ontario:

James Smart Manufacturing Company
(1891-1965, acquired by Brock Engineering, Montreal.  Defunct) 

Brooklyn, New York:

J.H. Williams & Co. 
(1884-??? Acquired by United Greenfield, 
now still used as a brand by Snap-On)

Buffalo, New York:  

Barcalo Manufacturing
(1896-1963;  tool division acquired by Crescent-Niagara, then by Mohaso Industries which moved it to North Carolina; defunct)

Chatham, Ontario:

Glen Purvis

Chicago, Illinois:

Armstrong Tools
(1890-1994; Acquired by the Danaher Group, which became part of the Apex Group in 2010 where Armstrong remains as a brand)

Blue Point Tool Company, at some point became a brand of Milwaukee-based (now Kenosah, Wisconsin-based) Snap-On Tools

Chicago Specialty Manufacturing Company 
(?-1960's, when acquired by Beatrice Foods, then eventually spun off to American Brands in early 1990's.  Defunct)

Chicago Tool & Engineering Company 
(1919-2013;  Acquired by C.H. Hanson, where the Palmgren brand is now applied to tools mostly made in China.)


Penens Corporation
(1941, becoming Fleet in the mid-1960's ?  Defunct.)

Walter E. Selck & Co.
(?-late 1950's.  Defunct.)

Cincinnati, Ohio:  

Cincinnati Tool Company
(1877-1962.  Acquired by the Warren Tool Group.  Defunct.)

Cleveland, Ohio:  

Bingham's Best
(1841-1960's.  Defunct.)

Columbian Vice & Manufacturing Company
(????.  Bought by the Warren Tool Group.  Defunct.)


National Telephone Supply Company

Detroit, Michigan:  

DESTACO (Detroit Stamping Company)

Schultes Level Inc.
(???  Defunct.)

Duluth, Minnesota:

Diamond Tool & Horseshoe Company
(1908-1981.  Acquired by the Triangle Corporation.  Defunct.)

Erie, Pennsylvania:

Erie Tool Works
(1902-present as Lakeview Forge)

Freemont, Ohio:

Herbrand Tools
(1881-1993, when Cooper acquired what was left of them)

Galt, Ontario:

Greenfield Tap & Die (Canadian Division)

Shurly & Dietrich
(1873-1973 after being purchased by H.K. Porter.  Defunct.)

Shurly-Dietrich-Atkins Co. Ltd.

Greenfield, Massachusetts:

Greenfield Tap & Die

Hartford, Connecticut:

Billings & Spencer

High Bridge, New Jersey:

Exact Level & Tool Company
(???? - 1991.  Defunct)

Indianapolis, Indiana:

E.C. Atkins & Co.
(1855-1961 after acquisition by Borg-Warner.  Defunct.)

Jamestown, New York:

Crescent Tool Company

J.P. Danielson Company, Inc.
(1903-1947 when acquired by Plomb Tools)

Los Angeles, California:

Proto Tools
(1907-1964 (acquired by Ingersoll Rand) then 1984 (acquired by Stanley)

Long Island City, New York:

Wetzler Clamp Company

Maspeth, New York:

Merrill Brothers
(1906-1991; Acquired by McGraw-Edison in 1984)

Meadville, Pennsylvania:

Champion DeArment


Millers Falls, Massachusetts:  

Millers Falls Company

Newark, New Jersey:  

Lowentraut Manufacturing Company

New Britain, Connecticut:  

New Britain Machine Company

Stanley Works

New York City:  

Ultra Manufacturing Company

Oakland, California:  

Druge Brothers Manufacturing Company

Orange, Massachusetts:  

Union Tool Company

Orillia, Ontario:  

Rae Vise

Ottawa, Ontario:  

J.S. Imlach

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  

Defiance Manufacturing Company

Portland, Maine:  

Diamond Wrench Company

Portland, Oregon:  

P&C Tool Company (1920-late 1960's, ultimately swallowed by Stanley)

Poughkeepsie, New York:  

Lanebro Manufacturing Company

Providence, Rhode Island:  

Lawrence H. Cook Inc.

Federal Products Corporation

Rochester, New York:

National Rule Company

Upson Brothers. Inc.

Rockford, Illinois:

General Cement Manufacturing Company

Roxton Pond, Quebec:

A. Monty

Sabina, Ohio:

Mac Tools (Mechanics Tool & Forge Co.)

Saginaw, Michigan:

Lufkin Rule Company

Sherman, New York:

Duplex Manufacturing Company

Sioux City, Iowa:

Albertson & Company (later Sioux Tools)
(1914-1993.  Acquired by Snap-On.  Defunct.)

Springfield, Massachusetts:  

K. Miller Tool (& Machine) Company

St. Catharines, Ontario:  

Engineering Tools & Forgings Limited

St. Louis, Missouri:

Lincoln Engineering Company

Sycamore, Illinois:

Ideal Industries, Inc.

Tenafly, New Jersey:

Vari-Line Industries, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario:  

Gray Tool Company


W.H. Dunne Skate Company

Torrington, Connecticut:

Union Hardware Company

Utica, New York:

Utica Drop Forge & Tool Corporation

Welland, Ontario:

Canforge (Canada Forge Company Limited)

West Haven, Connecticut:

West Haven Manufacturing Company

Wichita, Kansas:

Sands Level and Tool Company

Worcester, Massachusetts:

Parker Manufacturing Company

After 6 years of helping Mister G to publish this blog, I'm calling it quits.  So this is my final post.  I hope you enjoy it.

I've enjoyed researching the various posts.  However, the response from visitors has been tepid at best.  In fact, we have only received one comment for every 1333 pageviews.  So, basically less than one visitor out of a thousand has seen fit to leave us any feedback.  Of those, a discouraging minority have only wanted us to give them free information on the worth of their items.  Those people, as Oscar Wilde quipped, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.  A pox on them.  In contrast, I would like to thank the very few visitors who took the time to leave useful comments, to correct my errors, and to engage in discussion or badinage.  You folks were the ones who kept me going.  


João Custódio said...

Dear Sir,
It's probably two years since I've started reading this blog, not because I'm natural from Canada (although as a portuguese I've got loved ones living in your beautiful country) but because it's always fascinating, day on day on, to find yet another bit of history and/or the result of human endeavour. You just can't imagine the paths of knowledge your work and dedication here - and Mr G's, of course - have lead me. I thank you both for that, and truly hope that, in whichever you do next, you keep doing it so good.

Anonymous said...

Hello Duke! I just found your blog about 2 years too late from your last post. I have to say I am sad to have come to the party late. However, having read some of your blogs, I have enjoyed them. My question is How on this gren earth did you come up with some of the finds? I mean in this age of digital, it takes a oot of physical digging to actual find information feom the pre digital era. Cudos to you and thank you for your hard work. You have brought some joy and a few leads to follow in searching for unusual tools.



Mister G said...

Thanks for the comment! Many of these tools and random bits of history turn up at garage sales, thrift shops, flea markets and the like. Lots out there, we visit these places alot and We're always on the lookout. :-)
Unfortunately the Duke passed away earlier this year but he did leave us about 4000 posts to read and enjoy. Don't miss https://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-evolution-of-standard-wrench-sizes.html

Anonymous said...

Mister G. Thank you again. I went bacl on this article and saw you replied. I will keep my eyes open. We have a couple antique makets around me. I also enjoyed reading the article on Disston saws since I just inherited one from my Grandfather. Says it was made in Acton. Your blog is the only one that actually mentions the Toronto/Acton factory Thank you again.


Mister G said...

You're welcome! Still having fun finding new old things!